Job Opportunity: Museum and Planetarium Director, Wayne State University
The Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan invites applications for a non-tenure track position as Museum and Planetarium Director (Academic) beginning August 2017.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. We seek an energetic individual to lead the Gordon L. Grosscup Museum of Anthropology (GLGMA) and the WSU Planetarium on a new path towards greater visibility, accessibility and synergy.
The successful applicant will develop and promote these two collaborative teaching and research spaces within the University and the greater Metro Detroit region. The successful candidate will be expected to manage research, exhibition, and collections experiences for students; prepare grant proposals to enhance the condition and usability of facilities; teach occasional courses in Museum studies, Anthropology, and/or Astronomy; and strengthen existing community and public outreach resources that attract K-12 students via exhibits, workshops, and demonstrations.
The mission of the GLGMA is to train and actively involve University students in the activities of preservation, research, interpretation, collections management, public outreach, and exhibition of material culture for the benefit and enrichment of the local and university community. The Museum also serves as a state repository for archaeological collections from SE Michigan, which consists in large part of historical artifacts.
The mission of the Planetarium revolves around three components: teaching, outreach, and service to the community. The planetarium provides a high profile learning environment for school children ages K-12, and Wayne State students enrolled in Physical Science courses – especially those enrolled in the Department’s new BA Astronomy program. We aim to inspire young people and adults in urban Detroit communities to choose a career in science.
Qualifications: MA/MS in Anthropology, Astronomy, or Physics required; PhD in one of the fields or a related discipline preferred. Applicants must also have at least two years of prior experience in museum work at a supervisory level, have a strong background in collections management and research, and proven skills in public outreach. Previous experience in archaeology, foundation and government grant-writing, NAGPRA consultation, and teaching will be considered strengths in the search process. The College is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Wayne State University.
Review of applications will begin April 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply on-line (Posting #042624) and should submit a cover letter describing their qualifications for and interest in the position, a Curriculum Vitae, a statement regarding the role of University museums in supporting teaching, research, and outreach missions, and contact information for three references.